about the figure
Around the middle of the XVII. century, Spanish naval power diminished sensibly, this led to the reduction of the corsair enterprises and the increase of pirate activities around the islands and the coasts of the Antilles. For more than half a century pirates, that loved to call themselves The Brothers of the Coast
, terrorized the Spanish colonies. A French adventurer by the name of Francois Ollonais
distinguished himself for having ferociously attacked towns and land possessions. In 1663 he invaded Maracaibo from land and conquered it..
The figure RM 75-001 represents a Spanish Noble in a typical XVII century costume and could be an antagonist of the pirates in the Battle of Maracaibo.
The figure comes in 125 x 85 x 30 mm.standard Romeo Models light blue cardboard box. The front cover shows a photo of the figure painted from 3 different angles – front, right and back for the cape painting details.
Inside the box, there is an A4 paper sheet including historical info about Spanish nobles and painting instructions for this figure. This document is represented in 2 languages; Italian and English. Historical research and translation to English is made by Riccardo Carrabino
Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick white polyfoam and figure base is placed under the polyfoam not to damage the figure parts.
The figure is sculpted by Italian master sculptor Maurizio Bruno
and made up of 8 white metal parts. A figure base and a metal decanter to add on the figure base are supplied in the kit. All parts are cast clean and crisp in very good details as in all Romeo Models and need almost to cleaning.
The main part is torso with legs
. He wears a breastplate armor with floral decorations over his shirt and outer garment. The collar of the shirt shows lacework. Floral decorations, strap of the musketeer cloak and lacework collar are well represented. He wears baggy trousers with side linings and small buttons on the sides and over knee length leather musketeer boots.
Other parts are ;
Head : Facial details, long hair, beard and moustache are well defined. The facial hair is sculpted as Handlebar moustache and Chin bar beard as in 17th century muskeeters and nobles.
Hat : He wears a typical wide muskeeter hat with a cloth band and long feathers. The details of the feathers are well represented.
Left arm : Posed to put his hand on his waist. The puff and slash style sleeves of his outer garment and long leather gloves are well defined.
Right arm : Posed to carry a rapier on his right hand. Puff and slash style decoration of the garment is well represented here too. The hilt of the rapier is cast on the hand. The style of the hilt shows it is a Cup Hilt Rapier, which was the only sword for a 17th century Spanish gentleman of wealth and taste. This elegant weapon was the final development of the full sized rapier. While the rest of Europe accepted the lighter and smaller rapiers that would eventually become the smallsword, the Spanish fence schools were still teaching with the cup hilt as late as the 19th Century. This sword has a steel cup with the turned rim, to keep an opponents thrust from deflecting off the cup and into its target. The grip is bound in twisted wire.
Blade : The blade of the rapier is supplied as a seperate part.
Scabbard : A long scabbard to attach the left side of the waist. Small hole on the left side of figure makes the scabbard assembly easy and correct fit.
Cape : He carries a cavalier cape on his back. It shows nice cloth folds and makes a very good fit to the figure .
Decanter : A good detail to add on the figure base. I advice you to empty the inside of this part with a drill to give a more realistic look.
Figure base : A very nice figure base with some details like broken table leg,etc. The wood texture on the base is very well represented.
Note that Romeo Models released a new fully detailed scenery base – RM – 21001 Tavern that can be used with this figure, RM – 75-002 Ouartermaster XVII. Century and Pegaso Models 75-040 Francois L’Olonnais. Please click here to see this product.
Absolutely a perfect figure in all means with perfect sculpting of Maurizio Bruno and high quality casting of Romeo Models. Another “must to have” figure to paint for the fans of period.
Very Highly Recommended